Doc­tors threaten to take VRS whole­sale

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - Pra­sun K Mishra

BHABUA: Doc­tors of Bho­jpurShah­bad range at a meet­ing here on Satur­day con­demned the ‘grow­ing bu­reau­cratic shadow over state ser­vices’ and vowed, its at­tempts to cow down doc­tors would not suc­ceed.

“The BSHSA has warned the gov­ern­ment from bu­reau­cratic at­tempts to hu­mil­i­ate the cadre and pro­tect them from as­sault. If that is not agree­able to the state, all doc­tors in state ser­vice would sub­mit for vol­un­tary re­tire­ment scheme (VRS) in Novem­ber this year”, Bi­har State Health Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary, Dr Ajay Ku­mar an­nounced. The meet­ing led by state lead­ers of the In­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion(IMA) and the BSHSA, was at­tended by doc­tors of Bhojpur, Buxar, Sasaram and Kaimur. They dared the dis­trict mag­is­trate of Kaimur, Jai Singh to im­ple­ment his di­rec­tive, as per their per­for­mance in pub­lic do­main, threat­en­ing, the doc­tors were will­ing to be jailed, than give in.

Dr Ku­mar who ad­dressed the as­sem­bled doc­tors at the civil sur­geons of­fice, said the Med­i­cal Coun­cil of In­dia (MCI) rule of ethics in its Chap­ter 6, not only pro­hibits doc­tors from ad­ver­tis­ing them­selves to at­tract the peo­ple’s opin­ion but also pro­hibits any or­ga­ni­za­tion or in­sti­tu­tion from do­ing so. He said that the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion and the gov­ern­ment also fell un­der the purview of an in­sti­tu­tion and hence, “The di­rec­tives of the DM were il­le­gal in let­ter and spirit”.

IMA lead­ers said, al­to­gether 1,000 doc­tors were be­ing reg­is­tered with Bi­har Med­i­cal Coun­cil an­nu­ally, of which 700 were prod­ucts of states own med­i­cal col­leges. But hu­mil­i­a­tion by bu­reau­crats de­spite the worst work­ing con­di­tions and stop­page of pro­mo­tions have been largely re­spon­si­ble for big short­age of doc­tors in the state, they said.

“Doc­tors of Bi­har are opt­ing to work in Ut­tar Pradesh, Haryana, Gu­jrat, south In­dia and abroad due to bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties and pro­tec­tion there, but not Bi­har”, Ku­mar added.He said, that de­spite sev­eral rul­ings by the Patna high court re­gard­ing gov­er­nance of health ser­vices by doc­tors, bu­reau­crats were rul­ing health af­fairs in place of health di­rec­torate and civil sur­geon of­fices re­spec­tively. This was the root cause of the ugly state of af­fairs here, Dr Ku­mar added.

“We have to give bribe for com­pul­sory re­tire­ment and VRS. Over 250 VRS pe­ti­tions are pend­ing since long with the depart­ment. Why is the gov­ern­ment not ac­cept­ing our pe­ti­tions and re­leas­ing us from the ser­vices if we are not per­form­ing in the de­sired man­ner”, he won­dered.

Dr Ran­jit Ku­mar, spokesper­son of BSHSA, said that the num­ber of pa­tients vis­it­ing gov- ern­ment hos­pi­tals and num­ber of in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized surg­eries had mul­ti­plied sev­eral times in NDA rule. If that is the case, one would like to ask, as to who are at­tend­ing them, if doc­tors were neg­li­gent in their du­ties.BSHSA act­ing pres­i­dent Dr Akhilesh Ku­mar Singh, sec­re­tary Dr Ku­mar Arun, vice pres­i­dent Dr Shashi Bhushan Singh, joint sec­re­tary Dr Ra­manuj Prasad Singh, CS cum BSHSA dis­trict pres­i­dent, Dr RB Singh, dis­trict tu­ber­cu­lo­sis of­fi­cer Dr Anil Ku­mar Singh, deputy su­per­in­ten­dent Dr KN Ti­wary, IMA sec­re­tary Dr Shrikant Singh, trea­surer Dr Ajay Pratap, Dr Bal­want Chaubey, Dr Ji­ten­dra Nath Singh, Dr Sangh­mi­tra Singh, Dr Trib­huwan Narayan, Dr Arun Ku­mar (Ro­htas), Dr Mo­han Singh also ad­dressed the marathon meet­ing, which called on the dis­trict mag­is­trate to with­draw his or­der forth­with.

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